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Black Fingerboard Stain

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Black Fingerboard Stain

Higgins India Ink is like ebony in a bottle!
Makes streaked ebony fingerboards and bridges uniformly black.

The days of harvesting uniformly black ebony wood are rapidly fading—most ebony today is streaked with brown and gray. Higgins India Ink has become our favorite for making ebony uniformly black ("ebonizes" other woods, too). Wipe on, and wipe off the excess as needed.

Use it to darken new or old ebony fingerboards, bridges, tailpieces and peghead veneers on guitars, violins, mandolins and banjos.

Higgins India Ink is non-toxic and non-flammable. Its non-waterproof formula mixes well with other colorings to make dark tints and finishes darker. Unlike other black stains, Higgins ink is truly black—won't leave a bluish tint.

2-ounce bottle.

Tip: Clean the wood with naphtha and sand to 600-grit before staining. Mask off neck bindings, the nut, and any other areas you don't want to stain. Apply with a clean cloth or a brush, and be sure to wear protective gloves.


Trade Secrets!

For ebony streaks, use black fingerboard stain

Erick Coleman shows why black fingerboard stain is a standard item in any guitarmaker's shop, including the big name builders.

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